Delays in drafting guidelines and the legislative debate process can stifle research and development of this technology by local designers and entrepreneurs. Dozens of U.S. companies have already invested and are competing in the global UAV market. The UAV industry has the potential to provide thousands of high-tech jobs in this country.
Members of the Capital Area Innovative Farmers (CAIF) group in Lansing, Mich., together with Michigan State University Extension, have proactively engaged in consultations with a Canadian UAV company and MSU Department of Geography GIS unit to seek ways to collaborate in the future. This company has solicited the input of CAIF members for custom designing their UAVs. To further this cooperation, the CAIF farmers are planning an educational tour of this facility in the spring of 2014.
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To read about research done at MSU, see the article “MSU Lands First Drone.”